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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

February 14, 2020


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes upgrades to the wine section of our popular online formula tool and a few updates to our polices, details about a new wine treating material we've granted administrative approval, and a survey invite offering you the opportunity to share your thoughts on some TTB service improvements we're considering.

WHICH WINES REQUIRE TTB FORMULA APPROVAL?

Understanding which alcohol beverages require TTB formula approval or laboratory sample analysis can be confusing. To help the wine industry better understand, we've upgraded the Wine/Cider portion of the Which Alcohol Beverages Require Formula Approval online tool. Read more

Wine Formula Tool

CHANGES TO WINE FORMULA REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDANCE

In conjuction with updating our online wine formula tool, we eliminated the laboratory sample analysis requirement for imported imitation wine; however, formula approval is still required.

We also udated our guidance document that lists which wines are subject to formula requirements by using a new format that lists only wines that are required to get formula approval or formula approval with laboratory sample analysis. We also updated that list to reflect that ice wine does not require formula approval. That update reflects our exisiting policy.

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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON OUR PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO TTB SERVICES

As we formulate our plan for which projects to undertake in the coming years, we'd like to hear from industry members in the alcohol beverage community. Your feedback will help us understand which ideas would most increase your satisfaction with TTB services and help us focus our work.

If you are a member of the alcohol beverage community who is responsible for preparing TTB applications, tax returns, and/or operational reports, please take our short survey (hosted by SurveyMonkey®) and share your thoughts on some service improvements we're considering:

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous (although there is an opportunity at the end of the survey to sign up to give us more focused feedback in the future if you are willing).

Thanks in advance for your time and ideas!

NEW WINE TREATING MATERIAL GRANTED ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL

We've granted administrative approval, pending rulemaking, for the use of potassium polyaspartate to stabilize wine by preventing tartrate crystal precipitation. The amount used must not exceed 100mg/L of wine.

We periodically grant administrative approval to new wine treating materials and processes that we've determined are consistent with good commercial practice (see 27 CFR 24.250). To see all the administrative approvals we've granted, visit our Wine and Juice Treating Materials and Processes for Domestic Wine Production page at TTB.gov.

You're able to use the approved treatments at your winery without filing an application with us, as long as you meet any listed limitations. Administrative approval applies only to wine distributed domestically and does not imply the treatment's acceptability in foreign markets.

Keep in mind, we may remove treatments from the approved list based on future rulemaking, so check our Wine and Juice Treating Materials and Processes for Domestic Wine Production page at TTB.gov regularly to find the up-to-date status of administratively approved wine materials and processes.

 

 

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